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September 1974

Prophylactic Cryoretinopexy of Retinal Breaks

Author Affiliations

From the Retina Service, Scheie Eye Institute, Department of Ophthalmology, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and Presbyterian-University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, Philadelphia.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1974;92(3):204-207. doi:10.1001/archopht.1974.01010010212004

Two hundred patients (231 eyes) undergoing prophylactic cryoretinopexy for retinal breaks with a follow-up period from six months to three years were found to have no complications as a result of the treatment. There was no new retinal break formation, macular pucker, or subsequent retinal detachment. Analysis of type of retinal hole and location in 216 patients (223 eyes) with clinical retinal detachment are reviewed to emphasize that all types of breaks in all quadrants of the fundus may lead to retinal detachment. Of particular note, 48% of retinal detachments initially occurred without antecedent symptoms. Prophylactic cryoretinopexy for retinal breaks is advocated.

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